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Today Al Gore unveiled his new health care vision for the 21st century to expand health care coverage for those who do not have it and improve it for those who do He focused on his new plan to expand access to affordable health insurance for every child by 2005 and make health coverage more affordable for millions of adults As detailed this plan he outlined five bold steps to improve every aspect of the health care system They are 1 assuring rights for patients by passing legislation to keep medical records private and a strong enforceable Patients Bill of Rights that gives patients critical protections such as access to specialists access to emergency room services and making health plans accountable for harming patients 2 modernizing health care by focusing on prevention individual responsibility and new technologies to improve and measure quality 3 building on the progress and possibilities of new research while protecting against the perils such as genetic discrimination 4 addressing the nations unprecedented challenges due to the aging of the baby boomers by strengthening and modernizing Medicare including providing a prescription drug benefit and by proposing initiatives to support families with long-term care needs and 5 working towards the goal of assuring all Americans have access to quality health care coverage Today at the Childrens Hospital of Los Angeles Al Gore outlined his new plan to expand health care coverage for Americas families It has seven major elements 1 Ensuring That All Children Have Access to Affordable Health Insurance by 2005 The over 11 million children who are uninsured are less likely to be immunized get regular checkups and tend to fall behind in school In 1997 the Clinton-Gore Administration fought for and enacted the Childrens Health Insurance Program CHIP - the largest investment in childrens health in a generation -- to expand coverage to children in families with too much income for Medicaid but too little to afford private insurance However
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